Virgil Abloh unveiled his new Louis Vuitton SS22 collection yesterday through a spectacular film called “Amen Break”. Samurai myth atmosphere, preppy street looks, the iconic checkerboard revisited, playful accessories and a large collection of Nike Air Force 1 x Louis Vuitton: discover all the looks with which the designer strikes again a big blow on the fashion planet.
A high-flying collaboration with Nike
After turning the sneaker world upside down with his Nike x Off-White collaborations, Virgil Abloh has taken the traditional Air Force 1 design and merged it with the iconic Louis Vuitton monogram and its ultra premium materials. The collection will seemingly offer a multitude of explosive colourways to overshadow the Air Jordan x Dior.
The checkerboard in all its glory
The checkerboard is one of Vuitton’s most iconic motifs, but Abloh is revelling in this distinctive sign by affixing it to resolutely streetwear pieces such as motocross-inspired tracksuits, badass bonnets or, conversely, elegant coats with straight cuts.
Although the collection is supposed to reflect the spring/summer 2022 season, the models wrapped up in fur coats, XXL quilted gloves, balaclavas and earflaps seem to be saying otherwise. After all, Travis Scott did appear in a puffer in June for an event at Parsons School and Kanye West in a GAP down jacket on the streets of Los Angeles in the heat. Winter in summer, why not!
Pop culture & tailoring
Among the 72 Louis Vuitton looks unveiled on June 24, many pop and underground references adorned the pieces. From a question mark print that echoes the character Enigma to flashy tie & dye prints and graffiti patchworks, the playful silhouettes borrow from both hip-hop and 80s clubbing codes. Virgil Abloh also gives pride of place to brightly coloured tailoring and pays homage to the world of martial arts and chess, which strongly inspired the cult group Wu-Tang Clan.